Prinzi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Prinzi is derived from the Latin word "princeps," which in turn comes from "primus," which means "first" and "capere," which means "to take." This name was likely originally a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal manner.

Early Origins of the Prinzi family

The surname Prinzi was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. The earliest origins of this name have been traced to the city of Bologna, where a member of the Principi family was involved in the government in 1249. The famous University of Bolgna was founded in the 11th century, by the 13th century the student body was nearly 10,000. Dante and Petrarch studied there. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor. It is claimed that the Principi family has its roots in the 10th century, however, documented evidence starts in the 13th century when they held estates from 1249 to 1359 in the city.

Early History of the Prinzi family

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Prinzi Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Prinzi include Principi, Principe, Principio, Principato, de Principe, Prinzi and many more.

Early Notables of the Prinzi family (pre 1700)

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United States Prinzi migration to the United States +

A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Prinzi:

Prinzi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rosa Prinzi, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Scotia" from Naples, Italy [1]
Prinzi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Giuseppa Prinzi, aged 13, originally from Viggiano, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Napoli, Italy [2]
  • Michele Prinzi, aged 8, originally from Viggiano, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Napoli, Italy [3]
  • Giacinto Prinzi, aged 29, originally from Tusa, Sicily, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Henry R. Mallory" from Palermo, Italy [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Prinzi (post 1700) +

  • Vic Prinzi (1937-1998), American NFL football player for the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos and later broadcaster, close friend of Burt Reynolds
  • Grace Prinzi, American assistant director, known for her work on Creepshow2 (1987), Monkey Shines (1988) and Monsters (1989-1990)
  • Frank Prinzi, American Primetime Emmy Award winning cinematographer and a television director, known for Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Northern Exposure (1990) and Night of the Living Dead (1990)
  • Giuseppe Prinzi (1825-1895), Italian sculptor
  • Giovanni Prinzi, Italian Baron of Calaci saline, Sicily in 1740




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